How to Cover Leather With Fabric

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Things You'll Need

  • Leather
  • Fabric
  • Stiff brush
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Superglue future glue gel

Cover worn or damaged leather with fabric in order to continue using the item. By covering the leather, you extend the life of the item, saving time and money. Nearly any type of fabric can be used to cover leather, provided both surfaces are clean and free of debris. Fabric can be attached to leather chair covers, tabletops, tote bags and wallets, as well as many other items.

Ensure that your leather item is thoroughly cleaned. Gently scrub the surface of the leather with a stiff brush to removed dirt, dust and other debris that may interfere with the adherence of the glue or cause the fabric to become stained.

Wash, dry and iron the fabric that you are using to cover the leather. Washing and drying the fabric will ensure that is is clean and free of oils that may interfere with the glue. Iron the fabric, according to the manufacturer's directions, so that it will lay smooth and flat along the surface of the leather.

Cut the fabric to the proper size to cover the leather piece. Lay the top edge of the fabric along the top edge of the leather, lining them up properly. Apply a single drop of superglue future glue gel at 1-inch intervals along the top edge of the leather and press the fabric down firmly.

Hold the fabric in place for approximately 30 seconds to allow the superglue to set. Carefully life the unsecured edge of the fabric away from the leather and apply another row of dots approximately 2 inches below the first row of glue dots. Press the fabric against the leather to set the superglue.

Continue securing the fabric to the leather with the superglue until it is covered, working in 1-inch intervals horizontally and 2-inch intervals vertically. Apply a final row of superglue dots at the bottom edge of the leather to secure the bottom of the fabric.


About the Author

Marsanne Petty has been a writer and photographer for over ten years, and is currently pursuing the combination in tandem. She attended Madison Community College, receiving a degree in Administration. She has published several articles for magazines, including Jack Magazine, and the local newspaper, the Jasper News. Her latest creation, a pictoral history of Hamilton County, Florida, was published in early 2009 through Arcadia Publishing.

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